Ashburn wins close tournament

June 13, 1993|By Blair Holley | Blair Holley,Contributing Writer

The Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club Men's Golf Association holds an interesting event called a Quota Points Tournament. A player receives 1 point for bogies, 2 for pars, 4 for birdies and 8 for that rare eagle. The total playing points are then added to the player's handicap index for the final ranking. It makes for an exciting, close race.

Ralph Ashburn won the most recent of these events with a 41.7 point total, ahead of Bobby Williams, who fashioned a 41.5, and Tim Comley, who came in third with 41.3. Filling out the top five were Fred McKee with 40.9, and Jack Davis, who tied with Mac McAbee at 40.0. Next were John Hobbs, 39.8; Jim Elliott, 39.7; Carl Lyons, 39.2; Art Daigle, 38.9; Charles Townsend, 38.6; and Francis McKee, 38.3.

In nearest-the-pin action, on the Seaside No. 2 hole, George Schaen won at 15 feet, 9 inches, and Mr. Daigle was next with a shot 17 feet, 3 inches.

Playing in a steady rain, Pally Ondrasik and Joan Sarisky from the Ocean Pines Golf Club brought home second place in the Women's Delmarva Golf Association Invitational at Nassawango Country Club by shooting a 55 gross. Second net also went to Piners, as Jean Walker and Betty Duff carded a 34.

In a home outing of the Ocean Pines Ladies Golf Association-9 Holers, Ms. Sarisky, Helen Eggar and Skip Smith shared first low gross in Flight A with 57 apiece, while Joan Lovelace and Vicky Tillery tied for net honors at 41.

In B, more ties, with Isabel Makowski and Kay Jones topping the gross with 59s and Helen Imhoff and Emma Tompkins pacing nets at 40. Finally, in C, some long winners, with Doris Lloyd with first gross at 61 and Carol Mills with low net at 39.

In D, it was Joanne Hoglund with a 67 gross and, still another tie, Duff and Lois Heyden sharing net laurels with 43 marks.

In the OPLGA-18 Holers weekly concurrent events, Betty Johnson topped the gross scores with a 101, followed by Sue Agan at 108. Irene Marshall led the net action with a 74.

A new watering hole with an interesting golf name has opened in West Ocean City in the former Elwood's spot on U.S. 50. It's called Mulligan's, and its owners are Mark Lupean, John Lurch and Frank Willing, all of Salisbury and all avid golfers.

Its name gives recognition to the time-honored practice of allowing players in a foursome a second shot off the first tee, without penalty, if their first attempt was poor. Some have expanded that to allow one second tee shot anywhere in the round, not just on the first tee.

Here's how the practice got started, at least the way it was told to me. Many years ago, the finest golf writer I have ever known, the late Des Sullivan, was writing for the now-defunct Newark Evening News. That's Newark, as in New Jersey.

Sullivan and a couple of friends frequently went to the Essex County Golf Club to play a round before the standard evening shift that sportswriters work. They often couldn't find a fourth, since it was during World War II and many of the usual golfers were not around. So they pressed into service a bartender named Mulligan.

He was not as skilled as the other three guys, so he insisted that they had to let him take a second shot off the first tee if the initial effort was bad. And thus his name will probably live forever in the annals of golf.

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